CaiQing:My 10 Questions to performance art educators
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CaiQing's performance in China Academy of Art Question1: What the performance art education should emphasize on? Question 2: What is the advantage of performance art in education? Can performance used in art education achieve something that cannot be achieved by other art formats? Quest


CaiQing's performance in China Academy of Art

Question1: What the performance art education should emphasize on?

Question 2: What is the advantage of performance art in education? Can performance used in art education achieve something that cannot be achieved by other art formats?

Question 3: How to combine theory and practice? How to inspire students’ desire to create and express?

Question 4: How to make art education interesting still in depth?

Question 5: What kind of basic exercise do you do in your class? What kind of homework assignment or project proposal will you ask student to complete? How you evaluate student’s work and what’s the criterias for the final grading?

Question 6: How to inspire and develop students’ potential abilities and reveal their characters?

Question 7: Is it helpful for student by showing them controversial artwork? How can we improve their ability to recognize excellent works from the rest?

Question 8: Aside from performance art, what are the other subjects in your opinion are important for student to learn? How these subjects are going to help streamline the creation process?

Question 9: How do you explain to students about the relationship between live and art? How do you make students brave enough to face difficulty in life and the challenge in front of them?

Question 10: Please summarize your teaching experience and anything else to be added to this questionary.

Some Answers

Marilyn Arsem(Professor from The School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

Question1: What the performance art education should emphasize on?

While it is useful to know something about the history of performance art, and become familiar with the work of other artists, I think it is most important to help students learn how to develop their own work.

Question 2: What is the advantage of performance art in education? Can performance used in art education achieve something that cannot be achieved by other art formats?

Performance art is an embodied art form, and as such cannot be separated from the act of living. Learning to pay attention to one’s own actions, and learning to understand the impact that one’s actions has on others, is a practice that is useful in life as well as art making.

Question 3: How to combine theory and practice? How to inspire students’ desire to create and express?

Understanding one’s work in relation to what has gone on before as well as where it sits in relation to the current discourse on art is useful, but it is not the primary reason for choosing to make the work that an artist chooses to make. I think it is more important to help students identify the issues and concerns that are important in their own lives, to identify the community in which they wish to operate, and to understand the relationship that they wish to establish with their audience.

Question 4: How to make art education interesting still in depth?

To the degree that one can encourage curiosity, a willingness to examine challenging and difficult questions, and the confidence to experiment despite the risk of failure, helps instill in student artists a life long practice that serves their maturation as adults.

Question 5: What kind of basic exercise do you do in your class? What kind of homework assignment or project proposal will you ask student to complete? How you evaluate student’s work and what’s the criterias for the final grading?

I give assignments that function as problems to solve. The problems posed are open-ended, which means that there are as many solutions as students in the class. The discussion of how each of them solved the problem is where the students’ learn to analyze their own process as well as discover how other students in the class approached the problem.

Question 7: Is it helpful for student by showing them controversial artwork? How can we improve their ability to recognize excellent works from the rest?

I show work that is increasingly challenging as the students become more familiar with the history of performance, as well as more experienced in making their own performances. Work is controversial in relation to the context in which it is made or seen, so preparing students to examine the stated intent of the artist as well as the response of the public to the work allows them to understand how art and artists function within a culture. Work addressing difficult subject matter has often been shown out of context simply for its shock value, and that is something that I wish to avoid.

CaiQing is waiting more performance art educators to answer his questions.Here is his blog:http://blog.artintern.net/1747 

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